Senoia ups its budget by 7%

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The city of Senoia is poised to approve a $2.7 million General Fund budget, which is up 7.2 percent from last year.

The City Council will meet at 3 p.m. Monday to approve the budget after hearing a lengthy budget presentation at the Dec.7 City Council meeting.

The biggest expenditure accounting for this year’s budget increase is $107,600 for the city to hire a development and stormwater manager.

City Manager Richard Ferry explained the city’s stormwater program will move into high gear next year, and someone will be needed to monitor the program. The city is expected to decide in early 2016 if a stormwater utility will be created for the federally-mandated program, or if the city will raise the millage to pay for the expected $120,000 cost for the first year of the program.

Earlier this year, the city kept its millage rate at 5.88 mills. Additionally, the employee will also help manage the city’s development and help prepare for the city’s 150th birthday.

In his presentation, Ferry noted several accomplishments the city chalked up in 2015, including:

• Purchasing additional equipment for the Seavy Street Park.

• Reconfiguring the lots in the cemetery and had new lots surveyed and marked.

• Designing and constructing a police training facility for the Senoia Police Department.

• Completing drainage and sidewalk improvements for Seavy Street from Barnes Street to Main Street.

• Moving forward, along with Coweta County, on the new recreational facilities on Ga. Highway 16. The project is funded by Coweta County SPLOST.

• Had the city’s stormwater management plan and first annual update approved by GA EPD.

• Completing engineering on the drainage and road improvements associated with the mixed use development on Barnes Street.

• Installing a new server at City Hall to better manage data in financial administration, code enforcement, building, utilities and planning.

The city’s total budget, including self-sustaining enterprise funds for water, sewer and sanitation, is $4.78 million.